How to create email links on WordPress Posts

Sometimes you’ll need to set up a text link on a post or page which, when clicked, sets up a blank email to a chosen email address open up with installed mail client software in the user’s local machine. To do this, follow the steps below.


On the text editor highlight the selected text where you need to be linked. This might be the actual email address typed out in full or could be more general, such as ‘Email us’. Then click the insert/edit link icon on your tool bar.

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In the opened wizard, next to URL: Delete the default http:// and replace with mailto:followed immediately by the email address. There should be no spaces whatsoever and as with web page addresses, lower case lettering is recommended. If your link text is a email, then this text box will be automatically filled.

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Follow the email link URL immediately with ?subject=Website%20Enquiry and the blank email will be given a subject as specified.

Use %20 where you would normally use a space.

But remember HTML email links do not permit email links which send to multiple recipients.

Images can be set to link to an email address in the same way. Click the image once and then click the Edit Image button. In the Display Settings section, change Link To into Custom URL and then type the mailto: part.

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Please note: We don’t recommend creating email links because spammers often use scripts to harvest web sites for email addresses. If you create email links, you may see an increase in spam. We recommend using a contact form instead. Also most contact forms will allow multiple recipients.

Written by Sandeep Likhar

Sandeep Likhar is from India, where he is a blogger, eBook designer, and founder of LetsDnD. He has 6 years of experience in the industry as a Digital Publishing Expert and eBook Converter, providing services to authors, publishers, and distributors worldwide. He is proficient in converting books into various formats, such as HTML, epub, mobi, word, PDF, including all major online platforms like iTunes, Kobo, Kindle, CreateSpace, B&N, Smashwords, and more.

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